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Old 12-20-2008
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Originally Posted by messenger View Post
http://http://www.galvnews.com/story.lasso?ewcd=511fa0c9c3c3b594"The Coast Guard also determined the emergency beacon — formally known as the Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon — and life raft were improperly stowed below deck before the boat capsized."

Life Raft and EPIRB stowed below!!!!!!!

Yes they did report that but neither had anything to do with the death as near as I can determine. It is further quite unclear to me from the report that there was anything wrong with where they were. The requirement for the raft is that it be deployable from down below within 15 seconds. The boat turtled...no time to deploy. The EPIRP may have been a mechanically activated one rather than water activated. I am unaware of any requirement to stow an EPIRB on deck.

I am interested in actually seeing the real report rather than the press release as these two items seem to imply/ indicate some negligence on the part of the skipper or crew where none may exist.
We cruised for 4 years with the raft in a bag and a manually activated EPIRB stowed below...but easily accessed...and I never thought twice about it or ever read anything that said that was not perfectly acceptable practice.
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USCG report. Somewhat vague.. Missing, IMHO, where were the groundings? And those blackouts on page 9, I dont guess that anything to do with a bottle of ahhhh.....mouthwash...
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